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An Afternoon visit near Porlock

I will be tidying some of these old write ups of mine up, and editing into better linked and flowing entries. Just give me time! Tim.

The Whit Stones
Date Visited Wednesday 3rd May 2000

These two sizeable stones, likely barrow remnants, situated a couple miles west of Porlock, and several miles east of Lynton, are easily accessible.

Heading west from Porlock (the hill coming out of Porlock is VERY steep and not for the faint hearted!), keep an eye out for a fork in the A39. When you see the fork, keep going along the A39; to the right there are two car parks; take the second car park, as this puts you within one minute walk of the stones. If your companions are not interested in stones, the car park gives great views down to Porlock Bay.

Immediately opposite the car park entrance is a path. Take this path, and you will soon see the stones. When I visited, the stones were surrounded by vibrant, trumpeting daffodills, breaking the beauty / monotony of the heather. Both stones are at an angle, leaning east. The northernmost stone is 4 feet tall, the southernmost about 5' 9" tall, and both with the typical adornments for stones: lichen and bird poo!

Porlock Allotment Stone Circle and Stone Row
Date Visited Wednesday 3rd May 2000

Not far at all from the Whit Stones is the Porlock Allotment Circle and Row. If visiting from the Whit Stones, turn left out of the car park, then turning right off the A39 fairly soon, heading southbound towards Exford. Before long, you will see a small bridge in a dip ahead of you, and to your right, a sheepfold. The stone circle is just before the sheepfold.

We parked just after the bridge, on the left hand side as there was room, but be aware of some ditches nearby. I first looked for the stone row, which should point SE, across the road from the circle, but after 20 minutes of stomping through the heather and checking and re-checking the map, I had no success. So I then crossed the road, and found the circle with no problem. It is just to your right when you go through the gate.

What I found was a very spread out circle, consisting of 20 stones, many of which have been placed there very recently, and are very loose. The stones range in height from 7 inches, to 32 inches, though some are sunken. One fallen stone, on the east side is 6 feet long, with a couple outliers just to the NW. There was a also a sunken stone in the middle, with offerings left: polished crystals (such as quartz), polished pebble, 50p, 20p, 10p and 2p coins, sea shells, berries, a button, and decomposing remains of fruit!

ShropshireTraveller Posted by ShropshireTraveller
17th November 2004ce

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